26 January 2017 / ISSUE 106
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Mill Creek Rehabilitation
East Steet Parking
TrustPower Awards open
What’s on Tinwald Pool open 3 December, 2016 to 3 March, 2017 Fun Run-Walk Series 24 January 2017 to 28 March 2017 Zirka Circus - Cross the Ocean Starts 25 January 2017 Fiona Pears and Band Friday 27 January, 2017
Ashburton District Council is encouraging the community to enter deserving voluntary groups and organisations into the 2017 TrustPower Ashburton District Community Awards, which opened earlier this month. The Awards, which run in partnership with Council, are a chance for the community to celebrate and recognise the many local volunteers working to make Ashburton District an even better place to live. Since the Trustpower Ashburton District Community Awards began in 2001, more than $82,000 has been given away to voluntary groups and organisations. This year, more than $5000 is up for grabs. Ashburton District Mayor Donna Favel says Ashburton is full of hard working
groups deserving of recognition for their selfless efforts. “One of the great things about my job is meeting the people who make Ashburton District such a special place to live. We are a community of strong volunteerism and it’s inspiring to see the efforts of so many locals who give their time and skills to help others,” she says. “These groups make such a big difference to our community, so if you know of a deserving group, please put their name forward.” Trustpower Community Relations Representative Abbie Siely says entering a group in the awards is a great way to give something back to the people providing the district with so much.
“Many activities, events, projects, programmes, sports, and services are provided thanks to the region’s hard working volunteers. But often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do,” she says. “Now you have the chance to say ‘thank you’ to these volunteers, just by filling out an entry form. It takes just a few minutes to enter a voluntary group, but the recognition from their community will have a lasting impact.” Entry forms can be completed online at www.trustpower.co.nz/ communityawards Entries for the Trustpower Ashburton District Community Awards close Friday 10 March at 5pm.
Council grants and funding now open Ashburton District Council is seeking applications from the district’s community groups for Council’s grants and funding 2017/18. ashburtondc.govt.nz
Five categories are open to the community and include; Arts and Culture, Community Development, Economic Development and Events, Sport and Recreation, and Natural and Built Environment.
Information about the grant and funding application forms and criteria can be found on Council’s website www.ashburtondc.govt.nz or from the Council office. Applications close Tuesday 28 February at 5pm.
Mill Creek Pony Club Show Saturday 11 February 2017 The South Island Mobilehome Extravaganza Saturday 18 February 2017 to Sunday 19 February 2017 FMG Young Farmer of The Year Aorangi Regional Final Saturday 25 February 2017 Waste Free Parenting Workshop and Food Lovers Masterclass- With Kate Meads Tuesday 28 February 2017 at the Waste Recovery Park Discover Mt Hutt Open Day 4 March 2017
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Mill creek / recycling / councillor comment
Final touches on Mill Creek Mill Creek is looking cleaner and clearer than ever this year, following extensive work to rehabilitate the creek’s banks. Ashburton District Council has
Good work made easy
Council began working on the project in 2008 when the creek was inspected to identify areas needing stabilisation. It has since had 3,500 tonnes of rock placed along the banks and creek floor to help protect it from erosion.
completed 1,952 metres of bank
Work is underway on the final 110 metres of the creek and final removing approximately 5,856 tonnes touches will be completed in the of spoil from the bottom of the creek coming month. stabilisation along Mill Creek,
to improve its flow capacity and
Ashburton Resource Recovery Park
bank stabilisation. The final stages of the project are now underway, leaving the creek ready for replanting.
Recycling levels in Ashburton District have been steadily increasing in the last few years and with new changes to how recyclables are processed, residents can continue this trend with even more ease. The Ashburton District Recovery Parks and Rural Drop-Off Sites have been implementing a new system that takes the hassle out of residents having to sort their recyclables into separate groups. Under the new system, residents need only drop all their recycling off at the resource recovery parks into the large bins provided, and Council Waste Recovery Manager Craig Goodwin says it’s an easy system for the community to use.
Mill Creek in the final stages of rehabilitation Top picture: Work underway last year
“Before we introduced this process, recyclables had to be sorted out at the parks as the items were dropped off. Now that we’re using an off-site facility to sort and process the items, the community doesn’t have to spend their time sorting the materials themselves. Everything just goes in
together. It’s also more efficient for Council because there is less double handling of materials and less bin movements to operate the service,” Mr Goodwin says. “The impact is notable and the results prove the new system which is exactly the same as the kerbside service for recycling used elsewhere around the country works better. The only difference is the bins are bigger and everybody in the community shares them.” Trucks deliver recyclables left at the resource recovery parks to sorting centres in Timaru and Christchurch where specialist machines use a range of techniques to sort the recyclables into paper, cardboard, newspaper, tin and all different grades of plastic. “Nothing is wasted and it ends up where it’s supposed to be,” Mr Goodwin adds. The new system is one of a number of changes taking place with Ashburton District’s waste recovery service, with wheelie bins set to rollout in September this year.
Councillor comment meeting the Youth Councillors at their induction earlier this month, and I am very pleased to see the diversity that has blossomed in Council, mirrored in the makeup of this year’s Youth I’m sure this year will be full of new Council. There are members from beginnings, experiences, adjustments Japanese, Filipino, Ukrainian and and commitments. As a new ADC Maori backgrounds, as well as a mixture Councillor, I consider myself one of the of ages. newbies and am enthused to tackle While on the topic of diversity, the ‘Start several projects coming our way. with a Smile’ campaign has been a great Like our new Council, the 2017 success since it launched in September Ashburton Youth Council (AYC) has last year. ‘Start with a Smile’ will finish welcomed a number of new faces up in our district in March, so why not to the team. I had the pleasure of take this opportunity to host the blue 2017 has arrived and I would like to start by saying Manigong Bagong Taon, which is a traditional Filipino saying meaning have a prosperous New Year!
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smile couch at your own event before then? It’s a great way to gain new friendships and help make our district a welcoming place to live by encouraging people to smile and start a conversation with someone new. Check out the ‘Start with a Smile’ Facebook page to see where the couch is heading next, or spot your friends and family who’ve had their photo taken on the couch. We are also counting down to our community celebration of Waitangi Day – Multicultural Bite on 6 February. If you haven’t experienced it yet, don’t miss it this year! Experience the sights,
sounds, smells and tastes of other cultures. Multicultural Bite showcases Ashburton’s diverse cultures and brings East Street to life with colour and fantastic food. The blue smile couch will also make an appearance, so don’t forget to come over and take a seat!
Thelma Bell, Councillor Ashburton Ward ashburtondc.govt.nz
East Street parking / Youth Councillor induction / Ashburton Aviary / Smart watering
East Street Parking The one hour free parking trial on East and we’d like to help clear that up,” Street is well underway in Ashburton, Council Environmental Services Group and Council is reminding residents of Manager Jane Donaldson says. the town’s CBD parking conditions. Havelock, Burnett, Tancred, Moore, Kermode and Cass streets remain under The free parking trial includes most of East Street, however there are two the pay and display parking scheme throughout the trial. Parking on Burnett 10 minute parking bays along the and Tancred streets has a one hour street that still apply. All adjacent CBD limit, costing $1.00 per hour. Metres on streets to East Street remain under the Moore, Havelock and Cass Streets cost paid parking system. $1.20 for a two hour limit.
“The machines on East Street have been switched off, so if people want to park longer than one hour, they should consider using the West Street car park. The centre section of this park has a two hour free parking limit, but areas either end of the car park are free all day.
“East Street had been using a pay and display system for quite some time, so naturally introducing a free trial period has caused some confusion,
Mobility pass holders can park free of charge in all metred spaces with their valid permit clearly displayed, and are entitled to double the time when using
Parking on East Street is strictly limited to one hour, but there are other options available to meet the community’s needs, Ms Donaldson says.
“Parking at the Eastfields site on the corner of Tancred and Cass streets is also available, offering all day parking for $2.00.”
30 minute or one hour free parks, including East Street, Ms Donaldson adds. Smart parking technology has been installed along East Street, which monitors how long a vehicle is parked and send alerts to parking wardens. Infringement Notices are issued to those who park for longer than 1 hour. The East Street year trial of one hour free parking began in August 2016 and will be evaluated at the conclusion of the trial to determine what future parking options will be available in the Ashburton CBD.
SMART Watering, rain or shine
Youth Councillor Induction
Recent rain may have put a dampener on the holidays this summer, but Ashburton District Council is urging the community to remain vigilant with water use.
Providing a voice and opportunities for youth is an important role in the community, and the newest Ashburton Youth Council (AYC) are eager to launch into another successful year.
Council Assets Manager Andrew Guthrie says the unseasonably wet conditions should not be a cause for complacency, and that SMART Watering practices are as important as ever. “We often feel a sense of security about water when we see lots of rainfall, but consecutive seasons of dry weather has taken a toll on Mid Canterbury, and we should be doing what we can to ensure water is used wisely.”
Residents are encouraged to ensure they are watering gardens, not patios, footpaths or driveways; use mulch to help soil retain water; and water early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid peek hot times and evaporation. The SMART Watering campaign, developed by IrrigationNZ and launched by Canterbury councils in October last year, is an educational campaign promoting water-wise farming principles in suburban gardens. The campaign is a useful tool for residents, particularly with water restrictions in place across Ashburton District. More information on the SMART Watering campaign can be found on Council’s website ashburtondc.govt.nz
Aviary sporting a makeover The Ashburton Domain aviary may have looked a little worse for wear in recent times, but Council has been renovating the facility and replacing damaged sections. Council Open Spaces Manager David Askin says Council has replaced the netting on the original aviary, which over the years had been vandalised. There’s also been a general tidy up of the facility, which is helping to keep the domain looking its best this summer.
Tenders to manage the aviary open today (26 January 2017) and close Saturday 11 February. Tender documents can be found at www.ashburtondc.govt.nz
The 2017 AYC met for the first time in the Ashburton Council Chambers at their induction on 10 January, coming prepared with personal and community ambitions aimed at representing young people’s views and targeting youth-related issues. “It’s exciting to become a Youth Councillor and have the opportunity to work with other driven young people in representing this district’s youth. We’ve got a lot of energy and ideas and I’m really keen to get things moving” Ashburton Youth Councillor Hine Wairepo said. “I’m really thankful to be part of a team who work towards making the community a happy and safe place for youth.” Hine joins fellow first-time AYC members Artem Kravchenko, Mayu Suzuki, Sophie Kettley, Catheya Bongcawel, Libby Fenwick and Marc Juntilla. They join returning Youth Councillors Alisa Ikenaga, Alyce Lysaght, Henry Hickman and Thea Valmores. Following an intensive introduction to the role of Local Government at their induction training, the Youth Councillors set about developing strategic plans and goals for 2017. High on the agenda was ensuring Youth Council did its part to
support community services helping young people and to continue promoting youth issues. Ensuring these goals were met would be helped with the efforts of last year’s AYC, which Youth Councillor Alyce Lysaght said had laid strong foundations for the new Youth Council to grow from. “Last year’s launch of the’101 Weird and Wonderful Ways to Waste Time’ map, developed in conjunction with Think First and Crispin Design was a key deliverable of the 2016 Youth Council,” she said. “We came to the table with a clear objective to show young people what activities are available in the district because we understood youth were looking for accessible, affordable and exciting experiences to keep them busy. The map is still being used by members of the community today and I’d like this year to build on the insights we’ve gained from projects like this, and take AYC even further.” She added AYC’s Facebook page and their meeting agendas on the Ashburton District Council website are a good source for people to keep up-to-date with the latest AYC activities. Their first meeting will be held at 5.30pm on Wednesday 1 February at the Council Administration building. ISSUE 106 | 26 January 2017
Up & Coming
Rubbish and Recycling
Kermode Street, from East Street, including all of Mona Square
Please note the following changes in place for Waitangi weekend Rubbish and Recyling services.
East Street, from SH 1 at the southern end to Cameron Street
Moore Street, from SH 1 to East Street
Havelock Street, from SH 1 to East Street
Cameron Street, from East Street to Victoria Street
Baring Square East, from Cameron Street to Havelock Street
Meetings are held in the Council Chamber, 2 Baring Square East, Ashburton unless stated otherwise.
Havelock Street, from Baring Square East to SH 1
Resource Recovery Parks: •
The Ashburton and Rakaia Resource Recovery Parks will be closed on Monday 6 February 2017.
Rubbish and Recycling - Kerbside Collection: •
If your collection day is a Monday there will be a change for Waitangi Day - Collections normally scheduled for Monday 6 February 2017 will be collected on Tuesday 7 February 2017.
There are no changes to any other collections. Please ensure all rubbish and recycling is placed at kerbside by 7.30am on collection day.
flush your Taps Some plumbing fittings have potential for minute traces of metals to accumulate in water that has been in the fitting for several hours. Although the health risk is small, the Ministry of Health recommends you run a mugful of water through your drinking water tap each morning before use to remove any metals that may have dissolved from plumbing fittings. We recommend this simple precaution for all households, including those on public and private water supplies. This notice is issued by Ashburton District Council on behalf of the Director - General of Health, Ministry of Health.
Period of closure:
Service Delivery Committee Thursday 2 February, 1.15pm (approx.)
Mount Somers Mountain Bike Race Roads proposed to be closed: •
Hoods Road, from Comyns Street to Peaches Road
Peaches Road, from Hoods Road to Coxs Road
Coxs Road, from Peaches Road to where road closure signage indicates
Any person objecting to these proposals is called upon to lodge notice of their objection and grounds thereof in writing or email to Council by 4pm on Friday 27 January 2017.
Tinwald Recreational Reserve Board Monday 20 February 2017, 8pm, 4WD Rooms, Tinwald Domain, Maronan Road
Ashburton District Council gives public notice of the following road closures.
Ashburton District Council gives public notice of the following proposals to temporarily close roads to ordinary vehicle traffic.
Period of closure:
Rakaia Barrhill Methven Road, between Baker Road and Rakaia Domain Period of closure: 9am and 3pm on Saturday 25 February 2017 Railway Terrace East, between Rolleston Street and Main South Road (SH1) Period of closure: 6am and 8.15am for the event start only on Saturday 25 February 2017
Methven Community Board Monday 27 February 2017, 10.30am To be held at Mt Hutt Memorial Hall and Heritage Centre Board Room.
From 9.30am until 3pm on Saturday 25 February 2017.
Road Closure Proposals
Finance & Business Support Committee 2.15pm (approx.)
Period of closure:
Road to be closed: • East Street, between Havelock Street and Moore Street
Roads proposed to be closed:
Environmental Services Committee Thursday 2 February 2017, 12pm
From 9.30am until 12.00 noon on Sunday 21 May 2017
Waitangi On East
CJM’s Events Limited, Ride the Rakaia
Council Meeting Thursday 23 February 2017, 9.30am
From 8am until 5pm on Monday 6 February 2017
Dorie Recreational Reserve Board Monday 30 January 2017, 7.30pm, Dorie Hall Lynnford Recreational Reserve Board Monday 6 February 2017, 7.30pm, Lynnford Hall The purpose of the triennial meetings are to elect up to seven residents to fill the vacancies on the Board.
Multi Cultural Bite Roads proposed to be closed: •
Ruapuna Recreational Reserve Board Saturday 28 January 2017, 10am, Ruapuna Domain
East Street, between Havelock Street and Wills Street
Period of closure: From 7am until 6pm on Monday 6 February 2017
The Boards will meet immediately following the Triennial Meetings and appoint members to the positions of Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. All residents welcome.
It will be an offence under the above regulations for any person otherwise than under authority of an authorised permit to use the roads for ordinary vehicular traffic during the period of closure.
Career Opportunities Below are our current vacancies. Please see our website or Trade Me Jobs for more information.
Contract C647 Sealed Road Rehabilitation – Ashburton Rural East – Ashburton District 2016-2017
EA Networks Centre Cleaner - part time. Applications close 6 February 2017
Aviary Maintenance Contract
Wheels Week Street Parade
Building Official - full time, permanent
Roads proposed to be closed:
Museum Volunteers - part time
EA Networks Centre Kids Triathlon Roads proposed to be closed: •
McNally Street, from Robinson Street to McGregor Lane
McGregor Lane, entire Lane
Period of closure: From 6am until 4pm on Sunday 12 March 2017.
cOUNCIL oFFICE 5 Baring Square West Monday - Wednesday 8.30am - 5.00pm Thursday 9.00am - 5.00pm Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Ashburton public library 180 Havelock Street Monday - Friday 9.00am - 8.00pm Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm Sunday 1.00 pm - 4.00pm
Contract WW-BL10 - Wastewater Pipeline Inspections Ashburton District 2016-2017.
For more information, visit ashburtondc.govt.nz ashburton resource recovery park Range Street Monday - Friday 8.00am - 5.00pm Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm Sunday 1.00pm - 5.00pm